Savoo loves all its merchants, so it's a shame we don't get to see all of them more often. But last week the team and I visited eBuyer in East Yorkshire. It's a long way to go from London but it was worth every hour on that train. eBuyer should be a case study on how to run an internet business. The team there are always open to ideas, they understand how people want to shop and they know what they want to buy. They understand online marketing, they understand that consumers want a great deal and, I am pleased to say, are doing really well.
Personally, I am a massive fan of eBuyer
and last week I put my money where my mouth is and bought my wife a
present she has been after for ages to help her with her design work
that she is doing.
Chances are pretty good that you missed out on that HP Touchpad firesale from about a month back. I certainly know I did. Though I'm not terribly disappointed (how can I miss something I never had in the first place?) there may be another shot for us at an inexpensive tablet yet. This Wednesday, Amazon is set to reveal their own entry into the tablet market – the aptly named Kindle Fire. Get it? Because kindle, fire, Kindle Fire?
For anyone who has yet to hear (and we assume this includes the vast majority of you out there), yesterday marked the beginning of UK Get Online Week. Yes, someone somewhere decided that we should dedicate a full week trying to convince people who've never experienced the wonders of the internet to get online and try it out. According to statistics that I will assume are correct because I have neither the means nor the willpower to fact check them, approximately 10 million Britons have never once in their life used the internet. In order to encourage them to hop online, there will be some 3,000 events held across the UK over the course of the week in an attempt to have them spend even less time outdoors or playing with their grandkids, because, let's face it, anyone who has yet to use the internet in this day and age probably has grandkids.
According to a study conducted by CoolBrands, the iPhone's 'cool' quotient isn't as high as it was a year ago. While some people who've been burned by the iPhone's various antenna issues and Apple's general draconian ways may be excited to hear about the product's slip I, for one, think this is terrible news. Just last week I'd purchased my brand new iPhone in an attempt to score some cool points with some of my coworkers. All this time, they'd been standing around the water cooler, talking about what fun new apps they'd just purchased or how they'd just talked to someone a moment ago using FaceTime, all the while I'd be sitting off to the side lamenting my decision to take the free phone my carrier gave me with a new contract all those years ago. And now that I finally thought I was in, for once in my life, it turns out that I'm just on my way out.
As we're sure most of you have noted, Google's inexplicable homepage doodle from yesterday consisted of nothing more than a group of balls that jumped around the page upon being hovered over with the mouse cursor. Though nobody has been able to figure out what the purpose of the doodle was, a few theories have manifested themselves. The most prominent of these is that Google is simply celebrating its 12th anniversary in a rather peculiar way. Others suggest that, because HTML5 was used to encode the doodle, it's the company's way of trying to push users to upgrade their browsers to HTML5 compliant ones. Beyond that, there are also rumblings that the new doodle is in preparation for some major announcement soon to be made by the search giant. Here at Savoo, all we know is that the logo doodle makes no sense to us and is there for no real reason. The same way these deals are here for no real reason (Other than to save you money, of course. And the fact that they're vaguely tech related.):
With school soon starting, there's certainly a more than reasonable chance that many of you are looking to purchase or have just recently purchased a new computer. If that's the case, you'll probably have noticed that your computer is missing some essential pieces of software, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and a quality antivirus program. Purchasing copies of these programs new can cost upwards of several hundred pounds, making that a rather pricey option, especially for students.
Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives to these that are
available completely free of charge. Though they might not offer quite
the same functionality or versatility, more often than not, they provide
more than enough to get your work done. Below is some of what we've
found to be the cream of the crop: